Most of us have fond memories of our teenage years saddled with the fun that was traditional braces. Bands were scraping our lips and cheeks. Wires were poking out. Tightening sessions that were akin to medieval torture. Having to use threaders for flossing. Hating every photo with that metal mouth smile.
Ah, those were the days.
Luckily for today’s teens, Invisalign allows their teeth to be straightened without the metal. At Kalil & Kress, we use Invisalign with many of our patients.
What is Invisalign?
It may seem impossible that plastic trays that you place over your upper and lower teeth could move your teeth, but that is the premise with Invisalign. Rather than anchored bands connected by wires and rubber bands, Invisalign uses a series of clear plastic aligner trays to move the teeth. Each set of trays is worn for around two weeks and is then discarded and replaced with the next tray in the progression.
Is Invisalign right for everyone?
Invisalign can do some remarkable tooth movement, but it can’t be used in all orthodontic cases. Invisalign is great for mild to moderate orthodontic corrections. More serious issues with bite and dramatic tooth movement still must be done with traditional braces.
What are the advantages of Invisalign?
When comparing Invisalign with metal braces, the advantages are myriad:
- No metal bands— Because Invisalign uses trays to move your teeth patients don’t have to deal with metal bands digging into their lips and cheeks.
- No wires— Braces move teeth with a combination of wires and rubber bands. Wire ends are notorious for poking the cheeks and tongue.
- Cleaning is a breeze— With braces, getting food out from between your teeth and in your bands is difficult. With Invisalign, you simply remove the aligner trays and brush and floss as you normally would.
- No more metal mouth— Braces are embarrassing, especially for self-conscious teenagers. The metal mars any photo taken and teens can avoid openly smiling to hide the bands. With Invisalign, it’s almost impossible to even see the aligner trays when they are on the teeth.
Interested in straightening your child’s teeth with Invisalign? Call us at (603) 880-7004 and set up an appointment to see if this great system can work for your child.